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Violet-capped Woodnymph

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Photo © by avaliadordenickAntonina ParanĂ¡, Brazil, July 2018
Photo © by avaliadordenick
Antonina ParanĂ¡, Brazil, July 2018
Thalurania glaucopis


[edit] Identification

8–11 cm (3-4¼ in)

  • Bright violet cap and bib
  • Brilliant green underparts

Female: green cap and back, sides green flecked with gold, dirty white underparts, pale tip to the tail.

[edit] Distribution

MalePhoto © by Luiz Serrinha do Alambari, Resende, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 2007
Photo © by Luiz
Serrinha do Alambari, Resende, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 2007

South America: found from south-eastern Brazil to eastern Paraguay and north-eastern Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Moist lowland forests and montanes; forest edges and suburban areas.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet consists mostly of nectar taken from a variety of flowers at varying heights. In addition, small insects are occasionally taken.

[edit] Breeding

FemalePhoto © by LuizIntervales State Park, Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 2009
Photo © by Luiz
Intervales State Park, Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 2009

"In nuptial displays male makes semicircular flights around perched female while displaying iridescent crown and breast." [3].

They breed from September to February and build a bowl-shaped nest.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)
  3. Helmut Sick, Birds in Brazil, translated by William Belton, Princeton University Press 1993

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